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News Bytesettings-filled Camera Awesome app for iOS, the company says that the app has been downloaded 13 million times — surpassing even Instagram’s first-year downloads — and that users have shared more than 250 million “awesomized” photos through the service. It also claims two million monthly active unique users. An Android app is coming soon, though SmugMug declined to say exactly when that would launch.
News Byte500px, a favorite of the professional and “prosumer” photo-snapping crowd, has been removed from Apple’s App Store for nude photos that were in apparent violation of the company’s no-pornography policy. Apple said in a statement that it had received “customer complaints about possible child pornography” and that it has asked 500px to put safeguards in place to prevent these images from displaying. The Verge has reported that 500px says it is working on a fix. An employee of Toronto-based 500px has taken to Twitter to emphasize that the company’s app is still available on Android mobile devices.
News Bytesmartphone photo app from SmugMug that offers nearly 300 filters and effects for photos, is now available for the iPad. The free iPad app includes 36 filters to start; additional features, textures and frames can be purchased for 99 cents per pack of nine, or $10 for all 297 features. SmugMug CEO Don McAskill says he decided to design an app for the iPad when some of Camera Awesome’s seven million iPhone users requested an app that would work on the tablet’s larger screen, which he believes consumers are increasingly using to capture images.